TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS by Tom Brennan
Just the way Sandy and Terry drew it up in April...flounder for months, stay within hailing distance of a Wild Card slot in late August, start losing key pitchers and others to injuries, reel off 18 of 23 anyway to grab the Wild Card lead with 13 to go, and have the struggling Braves, Phils and Marlins the rest of the way. "Sounds like a plan to me."
I always dreamed of the Mets starting a 43 year old guy and two unheralded rookies with less than 10 combined Mets starts in a critical September series....and of course, in my dreams, they swept. Ridiculous, right?
Gabe Ynoa and a spring training lineup yesterday during a playoff run. WIN. Gabe, never a strikeout pitcher in the minors, punches out 8 in 4.2 IP. Where did that come from? Did he rub Jake deGrom's hair? SWEEP.
Offensive Cinderella TJ Rivera hits .350 everywhere he goes, so why shouldn't we be surprised he is hitting .350 here too? And adds a game winning homer to boot.
deGrom needs surgery? Get well soon, but no problem. Cespedes feels like Hillary and comes out of the game? No problem. Flores, one of the Mets' hottest hitters, misses 8 games? No problem. D'Arnaud has 14 RBI after 149 games? No problem. Jay Bruce forgot how to hit when he came to NY? No problem. Matz misses a month? No problem. Neil Walker out for the rest of the year with back surgery? No problem. Harvey misses half the season? No problem. Wheeler takes 2 years off? No problem. Wright was not right for 80% of the season? No problem. Duda misses almost as many as David? No problem.
After all, we have deGrom clone Gsellman, at your service. Unheralded Seth Lugo is pitching like, well, Greg Maddux. Josh Smoker is smoking. And Grandy is grand again.
Just 13 more games. Keep doing the Amazin', and TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS.